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Comprehensive Transportation Review
Purpose of the Review
The Comprehensive Transportation Review (CTR) describes the transportation subset of the development review process. Principles and methodologies explained in the CTR guide the City in evaluating the transportation impacts of development applications on site access and circulation, non-auto multimodal facilities, and automobile traffic. The CTR also addresses mitigation measures to alleviate negative impacts. The CTR replaces the City's Standard Traffic Methodology (STM).

Transportation Component of the Development Review Process
The CTR is a policy document used by City staff during the development review process, the process during which City staff meets with developers who have applied to implement a new project or a redevelopment project. Through the course of the development review process, City staff review proposed projects and their impacts on public facilities, including transportation, sewer, school, and fire. During this process staff works to ensure compliance with land use laws as defined in the City zoning code and other city zoning code and other applicable design standards, policies and laws.

The CTR provides technical guidelines to analyze and report the effects of new development on transportation facilities. It is to be used during the development review process to ensure that the mobility of motor vehicles, pedestrians, transit users, and bicyclists will be minimized, maintained at current levels (when congested) or improved. It also outlines the required contents of, and steps to complete, the Transportation Report that a developer must submit with a development application.

A Multimodal Analysis: Automobiles and Beyond
The CTR establishes standards and tools necessary to evaluate:
  • Pedestrian, bicycle, and non-auto multimodal transit facilities such as sidewalks, bicycle and shared-use paths, and bus stops;
  • Accessibility to the new development and the ability to circulate in and around the site;
  • Intersection safety.

In addition, if a proposed development project negatively impacts the transportation network, mitigation to offset these effects must be implemented. The CTR quantifies mitigation measures to alleviate negative impacts of automobile trips generated by new development. By analyzing multimodal facilities and establishing mitigation guidelines, the CTR goes beyond the STM and becomes a comprehensive transportation review of new development projects.